When I say that Arsenal have been hit by this transfer snub, I mean of course if the Arsenal transfer rumours connecting the Gunners with a January bid for the Porto and Portugal international star Ruben Neves was close to the mark in the first place.
The Rise of Ruben Neves has been rather extreme. by JH
A 17 year old kid, called upon to start for Porto, in their season opener last season. Ruben Neves produced both the opening goal and a much unexpected man of the match performance. In the year that has gone by, Ruben Neves has gone from the surprise inclusion in a Porto squad, to a potentiel star, scouted by the worlds best.
This time last week all Arsenal fans had given up on signing the prolific Porto striker Jackson Martinez, with reports saying that the 28 year-old was just days away from agreeing to join AC Milan, but suddenly today Milan have decided to pull out of negotiations.
One of the biggest Arsenal transfer rumours of the summer so far has been the one linking us with the Porto and Combia international front man Jackson Martinez. And with an awesome goal scoring record of 92 goals from just 132 games in his three seasons in Portugal, a lot of Arsenal fans were looking forward to seeing him at the Emirates stadium.
To paraphrase a Johnny Cash song, Arsenal are NOT going to Jackson, and Jackson Martinez is not going to Arsenal, as the prolific Porto front man is apparently on the verge of agreeing a transfer to play for the Serie A club AC Milan.
The Porto striker Jackson Martinez has been linked with Arsenal for nearly a year, but it was recently thought that the Gunners had lost any chance of signing him as his agent and his club had begun discussions with AC Milan regarding a move to Serie A.
Would you pay £24m for a striker if you thought he was guaranteed to bang in goals in the Premiership? Or more to the point would Arsene Wenger splash out that amount of money if he thought that this man could be the missing part of the jigsaw that won him the Premiership title?
Arsenal do already have two players involved in the Copa America tournament being held in Chile this summer, with our brilliant forward Alexis Sanchez representing the home nation and our Keeper David Ospina likely to be the number one for Colombia.